30+ Amazing Animal Idioms in English

English animal idioms - you may feel that some of the vocabulary isn’t relevant to the English you’ll use in everyday life.

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English animal idioms – you may feel that some of the vocabulary isn’t relevant to the English you’ll use in everyday life.

Idioms are a fun way to practice and expand your English vocabulary…

1. Ant in one’s pants

  • People who have ants in their pants are very restless or excited about something.

2. Eager beaver

  • The term eager beaver refers to a person who is hardworking and enthusiastic, sometimes considered overzealous.

3. Bee in one’s bonnet

  • Someone who has a bee in their bonnet has an idea which constantly occupies their thoughts.

4. Birds of a feather flock together

  • If two people are birds of a feather, they are very similar in many ways, so they naturally spend time together.

5. A dark horse

  • Someone who is more clever or skillful than anyone expects

6. A lone wolf

  • Someone who is not very social with other people

7. A guinea pig

  • Someone who is part of an experiment or trial

8. The travel bug

  • A very strong desire to travel

9. To have butterflies in your stomach

  • To be nervous

10. An early bird

  • A person who gets up early in the morning, or who starts work earlier than others.

11. A home bird

  • Somebody who prefers to spend his social and free time at home.

12. A busy bee

  • A busy, active person who moves quickly from task to task.

13. A lone bird/ wolf

  • Someone who prefers his won company or who has little social contact with others.

14. An odd bird/ fish

  • An eccentric person whose behavior or way of life is regarded as strange.

15. A rare bird

  • Somebody or something of a kind that one seldom sees.

16. A dog in the manger

  • A person who selfishly prevent others from using, enjoying or profiting from something even though he/ she cannot use or enjoy it himself.

17. A cold fish

  • Somebody who is not often moved by emotions, who is regarded as being hard and unfeeling.

18. A dark horse

  • Someone whose past is a mystery; a person who keeps their interests and ideas secret, especially someone who has a surprising ability or skill.

19. A lame duck

  • A person or enterprise (often a business) that is not a success and that has to be helped.

20. A sitting duck

  • A person or object in a vulnerable position that is easy to attack or injure.


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